The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has said it fully supports governmentâ€™s move to close Kamuzu Stadium in Malawiâ€™s commercial city, Blantyre.
FAM first vice-president Moses Mkandawire said this in the wake of some concerned supporters planning to march on November 2 in protest against governmentâ€™s insistence that the stadium remains closed.
â€œWe are in agreement with governmentâ€™s position over the stadium because the recommendation was made by experts.
â€œSo, while we understand the concerns raised by some supporters in Blantyre, that they are being denied the opportunity to watch football and that their respective teams are spending a lot on expenses, they also need to understand the situation.
â€œThe decision [to close the stadium] was made out of goodwill and it is for their own safety,â€ said Mkandawire.
He said government needs to be given time to repair the facility.
â€œThe fans need to be patient over the issue,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, government has said it will meet representatives of the concerned supporters from Blantyre in a bid to resolve differences over the closure of the stadium.
Government indefinitely closed the ceremonial home of football on recommendation from structural engineers after it was established that some of the stands are in bad state.
Youth and Sports Minister Enoch Chihana confirmed that he is planning to meet representatives of the concerned supporters later this week.
â€œIt is true I have arranged that we should meet the group of supporters later this week because I see no reason why they should march and present a petition when we can sort out the issue amicably.
â€œThis is a listening government, you march or hold demonstrations when the government is not listening, but this is not the case,â€ said Chihana on Saturday.